J. L. Ackrill

John Lloyd Ackrill FBA ( born December 30, 1921 in Reading, † November 30, 2007 in Oxford ) was an English historian of philosophy, who worked in the specialized field of ancient Greek philosophy, especially Plato and Aristotle. Ackrill applies along with Gregory Vlastos and GEL Owen as one of the most important scholars of the second half of the 20th century in the field of ancient Greek philosophy in the English -speaking world.


After visiting the Reading School from 1940 Ackrill studied Classical Philology at St John 's College, Oxford. From 1941 to 1945 he served in the Royal Berkshire Regiment and General Staff military service, where he earned the rank of Captain. He then continued his studies at Oxford, where he graduated in 1948. In the same year he accepted a position as Assistant Lecturer in logic at Glasgow. 1949 Ackrill University Lecturer at Oxford. Before he accepted the position, but he was awarded two free years of study, he spent in Switzerland and Princeton. 1953 Ackrill got a job as a Tutorial Fellow at Brasenose College, where from 1959, his former student and friend, who also dealt with ancient philosophy Michael John Woods was employed in the same position. From 1966 to 1989 he was the first holder of the newly created Department of History of Philosophy at Oxford, but stayed until 1989 while a Fellow of Brasenose College. From 1989 until his death Ackrill Emeritus was Professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Oxford.

1981 Ackrill Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Fellow in 1996 at St. John 's College.

Ackrill 1953 married Margaret Kerr, with whom he had one son and three daughters.


Monographs and collections of essays

  • Essays on Plato and Aristotle (1997). - Review of: Owen Goldwin, in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 98.4.01
  • Aristotle the Philosopher (1981 )
  • Aristotle's Ethics ( 1983)

Translations and commentaries

  • A New Aristotle Reader ( 1988)
  • Aristotle, Categories and De Interpretatione (1963 )